CCAC March E-newsletter
March 9, 2022
Monthly Member Meeting - IN-PERSON

Strategic Investing in Auburn Gresham:
INVEST South/West and the Chicago Prize

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Bryan Cave Paisner Leighton
161 N Clark St Suite 4300,
Chicago, IL 60601

Join fellow CCAC members to hear the latest about strategic development in Auburn Gresham, specifically the progress of the INVEST South/West “Evergreen Imagine” project and the 2020 Chicago Prize winning Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub.

Panelists include:
Andrew Beideman, Senior Program Officer, Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Gerardo Garcia, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Planning and Development
Mark Hopkins, Executive Director, CCAC
David Block, Director of Development, Evergreen Real Estate Group
Carlos Nelson, CEO, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corp

We’ll also get the up-to-the-minute news about the 2022 Chicago Prize process.
To register, click here on and send your RSVP email. Be sure to include your name and CCAC member organization. Please note, this is a CCAC members-only event.
Evengreen Imagine
Evengreen Imagine
Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub
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CCAC Executive Committee - Leon Walker, DL3 Realty

The Chicago Central Area Committee is excited to welcome DL3 Realty Managing Partner Leon Walker to its Executive Committee. Leon Walker has spearheaded cutting-edge community development projects that have generated thousands of new jobs, and brought grocery stores and health care services into the food and health care deserts on Chicago’s south side. Over the next 10 years, his vision is to help create 10,000 jobs and 10 million square feet of new commercial space in Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Chicago Loop Alliance's Annual Meeting
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) and Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation's Annual Meeting gathers the Loop’s most influential business, civic, and cultural leaders to connect during this crucial time of economic recovery. Chicago Loop Alliance will offer a recap of 2021; share plans for 2022; and induct the incoming slate of Board of Directors.
CCAC's very own Leon Walker is providing the keynote address. Consider joining us and many others to hear his remarks on how the Chicago Emerging Minority Developer Initiative (CEMDI), a group Walker co-founded, is helping build the next generation of African American and Latinx real estate developers and why that is beneficial for the Loop. CEMDI was founded on the premise that a robust pool of minority developers active in Chicago is a critical component to building Black and Brown wealth, stemming population loss in the city of Chicago, and bringing innovative development projects to historically disinvested communities.
The CLA Annual Meeting is taking place on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 AM. Tickets are available at CLA's website.
Congratulations to mHUB!
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On March 2nd, mHUB celebrated an important milestone for its startup community. To date, mHUB members and alumni companies have raised over $1 billion in capital. Follow the link below to learn about some of the innovative and hardtech solutions changing the ways we live, work, and play.
Since its founding, mHUB has supported over 450 #startups that have launched over 1,398 products, created 3,987 jobs, generated $721M in revenue, earned 443 patents, and…..raised over $1B in capital!
Congrats to all of the founders and teams on this milestone and success.
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